7:29 PM EST, Fri November 27, 2015
Bless You Boys 7 hours ago

The 2 halves of Justin Verlander

The Tigers ace had a real Jekyll and Hyde year in 2015. Let's see if we can find out the reasons why. After hitting the major leagues for good in 2006 and despite amassing 9.4 fWAR in his first three full years, many Detroit Tigers fans still wanted more, expected more, demanded more from their second overall pick in 2004, Justin Verlander. With an ERA and FIP north of four in this period, many started to wonder if the young flamethrower from Virginia would ever quite live up to the lofty expectations his 2004 pick provided. Coming off an 11-17 record and 4.84 record in 2008 things didn't...
Bless You Boys 7 hours ago

Detroit Tigers' outfield puzzle remains unsolved

Cameron Maybin may be an upgrade in center field, but his skill set isn't the best fit for this roster. The Detroit Tigers entered the offseason in need of two outfielders: a left fielder to replace Yoenis Cespedes and a part-time center fielder to replace Rajai Davis, who had platooned with Anthony Gose. They also desperately needed pitching. Starting pitching, relief pitching, a pitching coach (after Jeff Jones' unexpected retirement), and then more pitching were all on the shopping list. With the worst starting rotation, the worst bullpen, and the lowest scoring offense in the American...
Bless You Boys Nov 17, 2015

SB Nation MLB Awards: Who is the pitcher of the year?

Justin Verlander will be on this list next year. It's that time of year again! No, not the time where you make your Black Friday shopping plans. Each year, SB Nation's MLB crew forces asks us to participate in their league-wide votes for various awards from the baseball season prior. You may (not) remember last year's awards, which had nothing to do with anything. This year, we're voting on the same things that the BBWAA does, with a couple other fun ideas along the way. While Monday's vote for best hitter of 2015 wasn't much of a contest, today's should be. Pitching was king once again in...
Bless You Boys Nov 6, 2015

Who was the Tigers' best pitcher in 2015?

This feels a bit like picking the apple with the fewest worms. The 2015 season will be remembered for a number of negative things -- missed expectations, injuries, the firing of a successful general manager -- but the horror that was the pitching staff may stick in the mind more than anything else. After taking home the Cy Young Award in 2011 and 2013, the Tigers added the 2012 winner during the 2014 season. Did you follow all that? No? Well, the point is that we had become accustomed to watching really really good starting pitching. Then 2015 happened. Justin Verlander injured his triceps,...

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